Opportunities for chemistry and biochemistry students | Mount Allison

Research opportunities

Research projects are available for honours students in the summer months following the third year and sometimes after the first and the second years. Financial support for up to four months is available through scholarships, fellowships, and other support made available especially for this purpose.

Undergraduate research

All faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have active research programs with undergraduates playing key roles in their productivity. Undergraduate students can be involved in the research programs of faculty members by volunteering their time throughout the academic year or by participating in the Department's summer research program.

The professors' individual webpages contain information about research projects currently under investigation. Students are also encouraged to contact faculty members to learn more about their research interests.

Summer research

Throughout the summer months, students are paid a stipend for their efforts in the lab. These stipends may be covered from the research grants of faculty members, while students may also apply for funding. Applications for Independent Student Research Grants can be obtained from the Research Office in early January. Students wishing to apply should contact a Chemistry or Biochemistry faculty member for more details.

Graduate research

Mount Allison offers a Master of Science degree in chemistry in which both the course and research components may be completed on campus. Graduate students are paid a stipend by the Department, while exceptional students may also be eligible for a Rice Memorial Fellowship.

Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships, such as a NSERC PGS-M. Students wishing to apply to the MSc program should first identify a potential research supervisor by contacting individual Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members.

Application forms and other information regarding the program may be found at the Graduate Studies website.

Becoming a teaching assistant

Chemistry & Biochemistry Society

The Chemistry/Biochemistry Society is devoted to creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment for students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mount Allison.

We work in collaboration with faculty members to provide students with the resources needed to succeed and thrive during their studies in the Department. The society organizes peer tutoring, help sessions, and lab report writing tutorials throughout the year. In the past, we have planned events like trivia night, dodgeball, intramural teams, and Chem/Biochem Week!


Want to know more? Interested in tutoring? Let us know:

E-mail: chemsoc@mta.ca
Instagram: chembiocmta
Facebook: MtA Chemistry/Biochemistry Society 2021/2022

Executive 2021-22


Sophie Ngo — President

Hello, hello, hello!  My name is Sophie, and I am your president for the Chem & Biochem Society 2021-2022. While I reside in Sackville now, I am originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. Currently, I am in my fourth year working on my honours project with Dr. Stephen Westcott. I love to bake (especially bread!), venting to my cats (yes, they think I'm weird and they are not mistaken), cycling (if you see a lady driving a black and white dog on her back seat around Sackville on her bike, that is probably me) and pineapple on my pizze! Anyways, I am super-duper excited for the year ahead. Feel free to reach out to me at gngo@mta.ca if you have questions about anything or if you have any song suggestion from before the 80s (I love rediscovering old gems!). I catta go, so bye!



Khandra Barrett — VP Chemistry

My name is Khandra Barrett, and I am a fourth-year student pursuing an Honours in Chemistry with a minor in Biochemistry. I am this year's VP Chemistry for the Chem/Biochem Society.  My Honours project is being done under the supervision of Dr. Westcott and Dr. MacCormack. I'll be working in the Wild Toads lab on the synthesis and characterization of novel lipophilic carboxaldehyde platinum complexes which will be tested for anti-Neoplastic properties. Fun fact about me is that I am from the tropical island of Jamaica, and I enjoy cooking and going on random Sackville adventures with my friends.


Charlotte Haché — VP Biochemistry

Hi! My name is Charlotte Haché, and I'm the VP Biochemistry for the Chem/Biochem society 2021-2022. I'm going into my fourth year here at Mount Allison pursuing my honours in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. I am completing my honours research with Dr. MacCormack, investigating the effect of silver nanoparticles on environmental stress tolerance in armoured catfish. I currently live in Virginia Beach, VA (but I'm Canadian through and through). A fun fact about me is that I was born in England!


Padmapriya Srinivasan — VP Academic

Hello everyone, I am Padma and I am the VP academic for Chem/Biochem Society 2021-2022. I am going into my fourth year of study at MtA and I am planning on graduating with Honours in Chemistry and double minor in Physics and Astronomy. I am doing my thesis with Dr. Glen Briand exploring green chemistry with redox active (non-innocent) indium catalysts. I am from Chennai in India and a fun fact about me is I love dancing Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance). I am super excited to be a part of this year's fabulous team!


Evelyn MacKay-Barr — VP Finance

Hey guys! My name is Evelyn MacKay-Barr and I will be your VP Finance for the 2021-2022 school year! I'm from Chatham, Ontario and am also part of Mount Allison's improv team and the bilingual theatre troupe Tintamarre. I am currently in my fourth-year pursuing an Honours in Biochemistry and a double minor in Chemistry and Biology. I am working under the co-supervision of Dr. Jeff Waller and Dr. Justin Liefer to enzymatically quantify the polyphosphate content in phytoplankton and examine how it plays into their elemental stoichiometry.


Brad Isenor — VP Communications

Hi, my name is Brad Isenor, I'm from East Hants, Nova Scotia, and I'm the VP Communications for the Chemistry/Biochemistry Society this year! I'm in my fourth year here at MtA and I'm pursuing a Bachelor of Science with honours in chemistry with a minor in biochemistry. My honours project is under the supervision of Dr. Jenny Wong and my project focuses on characterizing the toxicity and chemical composition of aerosol emitted from biomass burning cookstoves. A fun fact about me is that my first car was a beautiful PT Cruiser convertible named Patty.

In the past, the society has organized department events such as
trivia night, dodge ball, and intramural teams. If you have any
suggestions for activities, we would love to hear them!

We also help to advertise and introduce guest speakers. Past speakers include Cathy
Crudden (Queens University) and Doug Stephan (University of Toronto).
Guest lecturers are a great way to meet professors from other universities
and give you the opportunity to learn about different research groups
across Canada! The society also helps to coordinate academic support for
Chemistry and Biochemistry classes. We organize help sessions,
lab report writing tutorials, and tutoring. If you would like a tutor or are
interested in becoming one, please contact the society
or the VP academic (psrinivasan@mta.ca).